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Lot 1211

1859-D $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded MS-61 PQ. A splendid deep bold impression with intensely lustrous surfaces throughout. An untoned beauty and a Premium Quality coin for the grade. One of the key rarities in the Dahlonega mint series. Only 2,244 minted. An exceptional specimen, a Condition Census piece. First of all, the grade is far from the usual Very Fine or Extremely Fine 1859-D, and in fact, it ranks close to the highest echelon. Further, and perhaps as important, the coin has a far above average strike. Scholars have made special note that the dentils of the various C and D mint quarter eagles and few are this separated and distinguishable, this being different than the typical mushy coin. In addition, the piece has a beautiful overall aesthetic appeal -- a splendid specimen.

Probably not more than 100 to 200 survive from the original mintage. The obverse die notably basined during manufacture, giving a concave look, and the date is set quite low. On the reverse the D is deeply set into the die and high, with the feather details occupying the upper left 50% of the center. The master die is boldly impressed into the working die, giving all letters and other features special prominence. Pop 6; 2 finer in 62 In a new NGC 4 pronged holder (PCGS # 7789) .
Estimated Value $11,000 - 12,000.

Realized $13,225

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